While MCCH prides itself on creating innovative and successful solutions to address the needs of our clients, we know that in order to truly end homelessness in our community, systemic change is necessary.

MCCH is a strong advocate for county participation in national campaigns and the adoption of best practices to create a system that effectively and efficiently meets the community's needs. Our enduring programmatic successes have established our organization as a reputable leader in creating change to end homelessness in our community.

Each year MCCH brings together service providers from throughout Montgomery County's homeless assistance system at our HOME Conference to share ideas, foster best practices, and learn about effective strategies to address and end homelessness in our community. The HOME Conference is the only local conference focused solely on homelessness and sessions are geared towards issues specific to our geographic region.

Over the years, MCCH has worked closely with Montgomery County, including co-leading local efforts for national campaigns to address specific populations' needs.

100,000 HOMES Campaign

A national movement of over 175 communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronic and medically vulnerable homeless Americans.
As a result of this campaign:

  • MCCH established the Vulnerability Initiative Program, which provides permanent supportive housing to 15 of the most medically vulnerable people who have experienced homelessness in our community.
  • Montgomery County created the Housing Prioritization Committee which meets weekly to place individuals experiencing homelessness into homes, prioritized based on who is the most vulnerable — the most likely to die — as a result of experiencing homelessness. MCCH staff actively participates in these weekly meetings.

Built for Zero Campaign

Built for Zero (previously known as Zero: 2016) is a national effort of 71 communities across the country who have committed to ending Veteran homelessness by December 2015 and chronic homelessness by December 2017.

  • In January 2016, Montgomery County officially ended veteran homelessness. As part of this effort, MCCH established our Operation Homecoming permanent supportive housing program for 28 veterans who have experienced homelessness. To learn more about this significant achievement, click here.
  • MCCH, in partnership with the county and other local agencies, is currently focused on the second phase of the campaign to end chronic homelessness, locally referred to as the Inside (Not Outside) campaign.

Working together, we can create a community that allows our neighbors—individuals, families, and veterans—to move out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty and into safe, stable, and affordable places to call home.

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